Cold Days of Summer

Fawn and Spot were inside their new barn in Calgary, Alberta. It was the middle of summer and yet you wouldn’t know it from the weather.

“It is cold for this time of the year,” said Spot.

“Yes,” agreed Fawn. “It is.”

“I am seriously considering turning on the furnace,” said Spot.

“That is a good idea,” said Fawn.

Spot went over to the thermostat and turned it up until she heard the furnace come on.

“I just can’t believe that I have to have the heat on at this time of the year,” said Spot.

“Maybe this is what summer weather is like in Alberta,” said Fawn.

“That could be,” said Spot. “This is our first summer here so, we really don’t know what to expect.”

“I remember all the summer we spent in Kamloops were really hot,” said Fawn.

“Except for the very first one,” said Spot. “I remember it rained the whole first month we were there.”

“Oh yes,” said Fawn. “I remember that too, now that you mention it. We didn’t have a proper roof on the barn. Poor Mr. Hansen worked so hard getting that fixed up for us.

“Once the rain stopped that year,” said Spot. “Then it turned very hot.”

“I liked the weather in Kamloops,” said Fawn.

“I did too,” said Spot. “Kamloops was located in the northern tip of the Okanagan Valley. The Okanagan Valley is Canada’s only desert area.”

“Yes,” said Fawn. “That is why it got so hot there.”

“It got pretty hot when we were living in Ontario during the summer,” said Spot.

“I can also remember a couple summers were pretty cool,” said Fawn.

“I guess because we live in Canada,” said Spot. “That we can never really tell what the weather is going to be.”

“That is true,” said Fawn.

Mr. Hansen came into the barn to check up on his animals.

“I see you had to turn the heat on,” said Mr. Hansen.

“Yes,” said Spot. “It was getting pretty cold in here.”

“I had to turn the furnace on up at the house,” said Mr. Hansen. “It was pretty cold there too.”

“Is it going to warm up this summer?” asked Fawn.

“It will,” said Mr. Hansen. “And when it does, we will all be wishing we had this cold weather back.”

“I doubt I would ever want cold summer days,” said Fawn. “I love the heat.”

“We will see,” said Mr. Hansen. “We will see.”

About a week later, Fawn was in the barn, helping Spot do some chores. It was extremely hot outside. Fawn was drenched in sweat.

“Boy,” said Fawn. “I can’t believe how hot it is. I sure do wish we had some of that colder weather we had last week.”

“I told you,” said Mr. Hansen, who had just walked into the barn and had overheard what Fawn just said.

“Yes,” said Fawn. “I remember but I didn’t think it was going to get this hot.”


Moral of this Story:

  • We should be careful what we wish for.
  • Example: Fawn thought he would never want cold summer days.

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